Ryan Callender’s experience includes serving as bond counsel, counsel to credit enhancers, underwriters, trustees and public issuers in a variety of conventional and capital market public debt financings. Ryan is experienced in general obligation debt, revenue bond debt, tax increment financing, special assessments and certificates of participation. He also has experience with a variety of industrial development revenue bonds, housing revenue bonds, water and sewer revenue bonds, conduit financings and 501(c)(3) bonds.

One of Ryan’s primary areas of focus is in the structuring of water and sewer revenue debt financing. Ryan has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and disclosure counsel for a variety of water and/or sewer entities throughout the country. 

In addition, Ryan has experience serving as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel for various state revolving funds including serving as bond counsel to the Ohio Water Development Authority for more than US$3 billion of bond, floating rate note and commercial paper issues. Ryan is also an active member of and frequent speaker for the Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA).

Ryan is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) and has served as a faculty member for NABL’s fundamentals workshop for the past three years. In addition, Ryan is a County Commissioner appointee to the Board of Trustees of Lakeland Community College, and has served as both Chair and Vice Chair.

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  • Serving as bond counsel for various public entities across the nation in the structuring of commercial paper and floating rate note programs. 
  • Serving as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. 
  • Serving as bond counsel for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer and Water District. 
  • Serving as underwriter’s counsel in the restructuring of the revenue debt of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Serving a bond counsel for the Fairfax County, Virginia Water Authority. 
  • Serving as underwriter’s counsel for various water revenue bond issuances of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, the City of Annapolis, Maryland, the City of Houston, Texas and the City of Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Representing many Ohio municipalities, counties and school districts in the issuance of bonds and notes.
  • Serving as bond counsel for a more than US$200 million bond issuance to provide funds for museum construction near the National Mall in the District of Columbia.


  • Cleveland State University, J.D., 1999
  • Miami University, B.A., 1995


  • Ohio, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2005
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Public Finance Law in Cleveland
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Law in Cleveland
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America

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